Arizona Senate considers allowing guns near alcohol

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PHOENIX -- Hoping for better luck with a Republican governor, gun rights advocates are pushing a bill vetoed by former Gov. Janet Napolitano that would allow concealed weapons in restaurants that sell alcohol.

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Concealed weapons could be allowed in restaurants with alcohol - Gun rights advocates are pushing a bill that would allow concealed weapons in restaurants that sell alcohol.

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The bill (SB 1113), which passed a Senate committee Monday on a party-line vote, would allow people with concealed weapons permits to bring a handgun into a restaurant unless the owner has posted a sign prohibiting firearms.

People carrying a weapon would not be allowed to drink.

Supporters say lawful gun owners should be allowed to protect themselves, but opponents say the bill would increase liability and expenses for restaurant owners.

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